“No Ideal-form can be the victim of disturbances or be in any way affected: it remains in tranquility; only the matter associated with it can be affected by any state or experience induced. … It gives growth, but it does not grow. …
“The nature of an Ideal form is to be, of itself, an activity; it operates by its mere presence: it is as if Melody itself plucked the strings. The affective phase of the Soul or Mind will be the operative cause of all affection; it originates the movement either under the stimulus of some sense-presentment or independently.” ~Plotinus
What Plotinus is calling the “Ideal-form” in the quote is the Divine Soul of man. This soul may be thought of as a being in its own right that is trapped in a prison of matter. This Ideal-form can not be harmed by the activities of the body and mind, or the negative vibrations of the world around them, but it can be prevented from fully functioning.
The Ideal-form seems like a strange name for the Soul, but a truthful one. It is ideal because it is from God, the true God of spirit. It is the ONLY part of us that is the direct creation of God, the part that is “in His image”. Unfortunately for us, this ideal-form of the soul is not visible to us, not detectable by the mind, not measurable by electronic devices. Continue reading “Ideal-Form of the Soul is Active”